These overtures were ignored and one of the greatest war crimes in history was perpetrated.
In addition, a launch-on-warning option was available, although senior officials understood its great risk. Imagine that you’re a Russian leader reading these words (as they were certain to have).The Soviet “sphere of influence” was delineated by walls and barbed wire and tanks and secret police to prevent people from escaping.America was an unmatched force for good in the world during the Cold War. The Cold War ended not because the Soviets decided it should but because they were no match for the forces of freedom and the commitment of free nations to defend liberty and defeat Communism. Allow me to lay it out as simply as I can: We started the Cold War.Mc Namara’s Assistant Secretary of Defense where he was told: First we need enough Minutemen [silo-launched missiles] to be sure that we destroy all those Russian cities. Then, when all Russia is silent, and when no air defenses are left, we want waves of aircraft to drop enough bombs to tear the whole place up down to a depth of forty feet to prevent the Martians recolonizing the country. (cited in Sagan and Turco, included a very detailed description of the existing U. However, in 1963 Kennedy insisted that a “no first use” clause be added to the Single Integrated Operational Plan (SIOP) on tactical nuclear planning (the idea being that US nuclear strikes would only be carried out in the event of a Soviet strike, or a preemptive one if US planners feared a strike was imminent).Then we need Polaris [submarine-launched] missiles to follow in order to tear up the foundations to a depth of ten feet. In the late 60s and early 70s the policy migrated back from the notion of nuclear weapons as a counterforce to their actual use as offensive weapons.The standard mythology is that President Truman dropped the bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki (three days later on August 9) in order to avoid having to send half a million American soliders to their deaths in a ground invasion of Japan.The problem with this narrative is that military estimates at the time (later found to be exaggerated) came nowhere near that level.Russia repeatedly sought negotiations with the United States. (As a side note, it’s somewhat telling how free and open the United States is considering that Cheney was appointed to be Assistant Deputy Secretary of State while her father was Vice President, and that her husband was given the plush job of Acting Associate Attorney General at the Department of Justice.No Soviet-style nepotism happening there, I’m sure.) Of course, the Soviet regime was nothing to celebrate.For example, in a recent editorial in the The truth, of course, is that the Soviets ran a brutal, authoritarian regime.The KGB killed their opponents or dragged them off to the Gulag.